On the Possibilities of Transplanting Pilgrimage Traditions

by Carolyn V. Prorok
Dept of Geography and Environmental Studies
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326

( ) Since the earliest of sacred imaginings among the world^s peoples transplantation of spiritual expressions has been an ongoing process. Emerging more than a millennium ago, two great pilgrimage traditions in Europe proper and the Indian subcontinent were produced from the dynamic intertwining of indigenous folk practices with literate ritual systems. Communities practicing these traditions of sacred circulation were transplanted via massive migrations to far-flung European colonial empires over the past 500 years with varying degrees of success in establishing their traditions in their new homelands. This study will explore the constellation of factors that influence the degree of success that specific Catholic and Hindu communities have experienced in recreating sacred circulation in their contemporary forms.

Carolyn V. Prorok
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